- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A man convicted for the second time of sexually assaulting a woman has received an even longer prison term.

Andrew Pena was sentenced Friday to nearly 30 years. That’s almost two years more than the term he received following his first conviction in 2009, which was overturned by a state appellate court.

The panel found the former Vernon resident deserved a new trial because the trial judge improperly allowed the jury to hear too many details of a lewdness offense Pena had committed. But the 48-year-old Pena was convicted again last month by a Morris County jury.

Pena represented himself at the second trial. He claimed he was the victim of mistaken identity.

Pena must serve nearly 24 years before he becomes eligible for parole. He will get credit for the more than eight years he has already served.

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